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Ashley N. Trotto

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Ashley N. Trotto, Associate at Kennerly Montgomery

Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773


ASHLEY N. TROTTO  focuses her practice on every employer’s favorite topic: Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, including employer reporting, employer mandate requirements, and employer shared responsibility payment assessment.  Beyond the ACA, Ashley works hard to ensure that employer health and welfare plans are properly administered. If an error has already occurred, she has the expertise to develop and implement a solution.

As a member of the Firms’ pension and employee benefits group, Ashley works diligently to condense and simplify the complicated and ultra-technical world of employee benefits into understandable, plain English advice for her clients. Ashley uses this straightforward approach to assist private, governmental, and nonprofit employers in the design, implementation, and maintenance of their employee benefit plans.

Ashley is dedicated to building long-standing, trusted relationships with her clients and understands that a single point of contact for timely resolution of employment-related issues is key. To that end, Ashley also spends a significant amount of her time helping clients navigate the prickly, and often unforgiving, landscape of the FLSA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, and other employment-related legislation as well as everyday employment issues, like creation and application of employer policies and employee training.

As a testament to her conversational, streamlined style, Ashley often describes her practice with the following statement: “If you have an issue that affects your Human Resources department, I’m your girl.”

In addition to her legal work, Ashley is the energy behind "Christenberry Kids," the Firm's book project which has been regularly providing age-appropriate books to the under-privileged kindergarten students at Christenberry Elementary School since 2013.

Ashley graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2013. Prior to attending law school, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the University of Tennessee where she majored in psychology. Ashley serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. She also serves on the Health and Basic Needs Investment Committee for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. 

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Areas of Practice

Affordable Care Act
Pension Plans
Employee Benefits
Employment Law
    University of Tennessee - J.D., cum laude, 2013
    University of Tennessee - B.S., summa cum laude, 2009
    Bar Admissions
      Tennessee – 2013
          Knoxville Bar Association
          Tennessee Bar Association
          American Bar Association 
          East Tennessee Compensation and Benefits Association (ETCBA)
          Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA)
          Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)


          Named by City View Magazine as one of Knoxville’s Top Attorneys for 2017 and 2018 in the area of Employee Benefits/ERISA - Defense


          Health Law Update:  The Employer Mandate Today, DICTA, April 2018

          Health Care Reform Developments under the Trump Administration, The Consigliere, Fall 2017

          Healthcare Reform: Where Are We Now?, DICTA, May 2017

          The ACA: What's New?, The Consigliere, Spring 2016

          The Affordable Care Act's Look-Back Measurement: Do You Know Who Your Full-Time Employees Are?, Primerus Spring 2015

          Annual chapter editor/contributing author of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Law Cumulative Supplement

          Obamacare's Individual Mandate: The Fine Print, DICTA, March 2014

          Health Plan Identifiers: Are Your Clients Prepared for Implementation, The Consigliere, Fall/Winter 2014

          Speaking Engagements

          In-House Seminar, Beneficiary Designations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

          ETCBA presentation, New Administration, New Rules? - An Employee Benefit Law Update, June 2018.

          Tennessee School Boards Association presentation Application of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate to Tennessee Schools, March 18, 2016.

          Knoxville Bar Association presentation Keeping Up with Healthcare Reform, April 2015.

          Tennessee Bar Association webinar Employer Mandate 101: Affordable Care Act, March 2015.

          Knoxville Bar Association presentation Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Employers, June 2014.

          National Thompson Reuters sponsored webinar The Nuts and Bolts of Obamacare: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know, January 2014.

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